Illegal Motorcycle Stunts on Highway Pisses off Car Drivers
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ST. LOUIS • Drivers have reported huge packs ofmotorcycles swarming the highways around St. Louis, with the bikerspulling stunts, making hand gestures and forcing cars off theroadway.
There has been no official word yet from the state highwaypatrol or other public safety officials.
The reports started coming in around 2 p.m. from variousspots on I-270 and I-70, most recently in the north St. Louiscounty area. Some claimed to see as many as 800 to 1,000motorcycles in a pack.
There has been at least one major accident, which resulted inserious injuries and forced the closure of I-270 near New HallsFerry Road. The injured were flown to an area hospital, accordingto the state highway patrol. No further details are known at thistime.
Brian Johnson of St. Louis said he was heading on I-170 north toLambert International Airport with his wife when he saw the pack ofmotorcycles on the other side of the highway.
"There was a good half mile stretch where it was 20 bikes widethe whole highway," he said. "It was hundreds after hundreds afterhundreds of bikes."
Johnson said the bikers were not your typical Harley Davidsontypes; most were wearing racing suits and riding speed bikes likeyou would see in stunt shows.
He said the first group of bikers were pumping their fists; thesecond group created a ringlike formation and had bikers ridingdown the middle doing wheelies.
Johnson said cars were forced over to the shoulder of the roadand trying to get off. There were also traffic tie-ups on his sideof the highway as drivers slowed to gawk at the spectacle.
"When they were out around the other cars it was dangerous," hesaid. "When they took over the entire highway it was like being ina motorcycle show."
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